Media Releases 2015

Posted on 01/04/2015 by Phillip Island Nature Parks

The Phillip Island Nature Parks Board met on Thursday 26 March at the Koala Conservation Centre to discuss a number of key projects, reconciliation, risk management and the Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan.

Key Projects
The Nature Parks continues to broaden its product range with a number of key projects underway in 2015.

Construction of the new world class Penguin Plus attraction is scheduled to begin post-Easter and will open in December 2015.

The existing Penguins Plus viewing platform will close from May 1, but the Nature Parks will be offering a number of alternative viewing options. General viewing and premium tours such as the Guided Ranger, VIP and Ultimate Penguin Tours will run as normal.

Work has begun on the major new attraction “Antarctic Journey” at the Nobbies Centre, jointly conceived and developed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF - Australia) and the Nature Parks. The Nobbies Centre will remain open throughout the development but there may be some disruptions to operations.

Further details on these projects will be provided through local media and at penguins.org.au. 

Reconciliation Action Plan
The Board reviewed and endorsed the Nature Parks Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015-20. The new plan builds on the actions and achievements of the Nature Parks’ first RAP in 2012. The RAP program is run by Reconciliation Australia and helps Australian organisations to realise their vision for reconciliation through meaningful, yet practical, plans to develop relationships, show respect and increase opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The 2015-2020 RAP will now be sent to Reconciliation Australia for final endorsement, after which it will be available at penguins.org.au.

Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan
The Board has received the draft Churchill Island Conservation Management Plan. Once the draft is approved the Nature Parks will hold a Community Information Session to provide stakeholders with an overview of the plan and objectives. Details about the Community Information Session will be advertised at a later date.

Oil Spill Risk Management
Over the past 12 months the Board has reviewed and strengthened risk management with regards to marine pollution events. The planning included scenario training such as Exercise Penguino (a mock oil spill scenario to test the Nature Parks’ training and resources). This planning and training ensures the Nature Parks is equipped to assist wildlife and continue operations in the event of an oil spill.

Jeff Floyd
Chair - Phillip Island Nature Parks Board of Management

About Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island Nature Parks is a not-for-profit organisation that relies on its ecotourism attractions to deliver ongoing funding for social, environmental, conservation, research and education outcomes.

The Nature Parks is governed by a Board of Management established under the Crown Land (Reserves) Act 1978. Board members are appointed by the Responsible Minister under the Act and the Board meets regularly to provide governance and strategic direction.                                                           

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Media Enquiries:
Ms Danene Jones - Communications Executive
Tel:  +613 5951 2825  Mobile: 0418 402 161
Email: djones@penguins.org.au